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Colorado Parent Magazine's Family Favorites Winner for 5 years running!

OUR STORY

Master Degrees in Education prepared Corey & Elizabeth for the challenges they would face in the classroom, but it was their experience working as educators that opened their eyes to a much greater need within education. Years of experience working with students with different challenges and families with unique needs taught them an important lesson: Academic success is heavily dependent on the structures, routines, and supports that are provided both at school and at home. Parents are rightfully concerned about supporting their child’s success and are searching for effective guidance and support on how best to do so. The 'idea' for Hopkins Education Services was born from this need of parents to want MORE for their children.

With over twenty years of experience working as an educator in Colorado, Corey started Hopkins Education Services in September 2015. Joined by his partner, Elizabeth (who is also a Master teacher of over a decade), Hopkins Education Services is taking a new approach to education by focusing on a child's strengths and building upon them. Hopkins takes a compassionate approach to assessment, planning and goal development. They work differently from other education coaches because they integrate mindfulness and leadership training into their services to build confidence and success in their client's lives, empowering them. At Hopkins, this is the key to transforming potential into success.

In 2018, Hopkins launched their first summer camp, the Summer Explorers Program. This program has grown and evolved over the years, and is a favorite among clients year after year! Also in 2018, Hopkins Education Services was recognized as a Top 5 service provider for educational support in Colorado Parent Magazine. Hopkins has been voted #1 every year since then! 

The pandemic caused a pivot to online/remote learning, and Hopkins was ready to respond. Within one week of schools closing during March 2020, the Hopkins team came up with their own "Liz and Corey in the Morning" show that they ran daily on Facebook Live for all their students to tune in and still feel connected to something familiar, proving structure and routines for children during a very uncertain time. By fall of 2020, as the uncertainty of in person learning loomed, Hopkins was right there, providing micro schooling or "pod learning' to small groups in families' backyards. Whatever challenges are around the next corner, Hopkins Ed will be here to help families navigate them every step of the way. 

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Elizabeth Hopkins

M.Ed ESL and Literacy

Owner & Individualized Education Coach

Summer Program Director

A co-founder and owner of Hopkins, Elizabeth is a former K-8 teacher specializing in literacy, English as a Second Language, and Gifted and Talented education. She enjoys collaborating with parents, students, educators and community members to ensure every child has a positive and meaningful educational experience. Elizabeth also directs the Hopkins Summer Explorers Program each year. Elizabeth’s preferred mindful activities include birding, hiking, writing music  and singing with friends.

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Stephanie Jankovich

M.Ed Special Education

Individualized Education Coach

Stephanie brings over a decade of special education experience to Hopkins Education Services and truly connects with kids while accelerating student learning.  Ms. Stef makes sure that learning is fun, engaging and targeted.  She helps to encourage students to try their best, be mindful of their work and emotions, and learn to advocate when back in class. Stephanie specializes in working with students with special needs including ADHD and ASD. Stephanie’s preferred mindful activities are cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. 

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Ryan Clavelle

M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction

Individualized Education Coach

Ryan has over 13 years of teaching experience in some of the most diverse settings in the United States and has worked in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and India. He is bilingual in English/Spanish, has coached basketball, run service learning and ethnic studies classes, and has built bilingual and Spanish curriculum in a variety of capacities. He loves to run, plays piano in a band, wants to become a writer, loves nature and finds that teaching kids brings out the joy in him and others. He is excited to accompany all his students to find the best in themselves and take pride in who they are and what they can become.

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Corey Hopkins

M.Ed SpEd

Founder and Owner 

Individualized Education Coach

Corey worked in special education as a case manager and educator for nearly 15 years before co-founding Hopkins. He is also a trained Mindfulness Educator through Mindful Schools. Corey works to provide students of all abilities with a positive educational experience based on the individual needs of each student. He strives to empower parents and youth to be powerful advocates for themselves. Corey’s favorite mindful activities are gardening, spending time in nature, and taking weekend trips to New Mexico to enjoy the culture and cuisine.

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Jamie Gerard

B.S. Education & Special Education 

Individualized Education Coach

Online Math tutor

Jamie has spent the last 15 years teaching - mostly mathematics, but has taught all subjects and all grades in various settings. Jamie loves teaching because she loves helping students find success and grow academically as well as personally. She enjoys getting to know her students and their families and recognizes the importance of strong communication between home and school. She loves people so teaching is so much more than just a job to her!  Jamie’s favorite mindful activities include being with family, biking, visiting the ocean, and playing/coaching/watching sports.

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M.Ed Special Education

Individualized Education Coach

Jessica Cuthbertson

M.A. K-12 Curriculum and Instruction

National Board Certified Teacher

Individualized Education Coach

Homeschool Support Coach

Jessica loves supporting learners of all ages to become confident and capable readers, writers, and communicators and has a passion for language and literature. After over 15 years of K-12 teaching in public schools, Jessica recently took a break from the classroom to homeschool her son, an English language learner originally from Ethiopia. She believes in personalizing learning, and seeks to partner with families through the coaching relationship. Jessica’s favorite mindful activities include getting lost in a good book, blogging, movie and pizza nights with her family, and going to the theater.

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Lauren Fine

M.A. Elementary Education

Individualized Education Coach

As an experienced teacher, founder, instructor, manager, coach and problem solver with 15+ years’ experience in the education and non-profit sectors- Lauren's focus has always been on educational equity. She operates with a deep knowledge of K-12 education, start-ups, human-centered design as well as social innovation. Her strengths are in relationship building, investing key stakeholders, program development, strategic planning, and facilitation. She is deeply passionate about educational equity, innovation, and leadership development with a keen interest in supporting the whole child. Her teaching years were focused on elementary school and her nonprofit work has supported learners K-12.

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Cristen McCool

M.Ed Education, MSOL

Individualized Education Coach

Cristen is a current special education teacher  working with students on literacy, mathematics, executive functioning, behavior, and classroom supports. She believes that every single person can continue to learn and grow throughout life when his or her strengths are acknowledged and utilized.   Outside of her teacher-life, she is a wife and mother of 4 kiddos (14, 16, 19, and 20) and 2 puppies (a pyrador & a terrier). Her preferred mindful activities include kayaking, hiking, camping, and pretty much anything outdoors on warm, sunny days, and skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and pretty much anything outside on cold, winter days.

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Dana Wade

M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction, Differentiated Instruction

Individualized Education Coach

Dana has spent the past 10 years teaching 1st and 3rd grades and coaching other teachers in the Denver metro area. She is an experienced educator who has supported students and other educators, and has much experience as a one-on-one tutor. Her favorite part about teaching is the relationships she builds with students that encourage them to take risks without fear of failing. Dana connects with kids by getting to know their interests and the daily happenings in their lives. Mindfulness activities she enjoys are baking, cooking, spending time outdoors, and being with her family.

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Jo Levey

B.A. Human Development & Special Education

Yoga Instructor

Individualized Education Coach

Originally from Los Angeles, Jo taught yoga to kids and families for over 10 years before moving into trauma-informed Special Education. She loves working with kids of all ages but has a special place in her heart for sassy tweens and teens. She enjoys building relationships with students and families and problem-solving as a team by getting to the heart of the struggle, serving as a positive role model and providing unconditional support and encouragement. She’s a self-proclaimed word nerd and spends as much time as possible outdoors, walking, hiking, swimming and exploring the local flora and fauna. She also loves listening to podcasts, cooking and, of course, practicing yoga!

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Jess Garay

M.A. Elementary Education

Individualized Education Coach

Jess is an educator with 13+ years of experience supporting child development and advocacy with a focus on math and reading literacy. She loves teaching because of the looks on students' faces when it all suddenly comes together and clicks for them. Jess is especially excited when a student who previously shared how much they dislike math says how much they love math! She is truly honored to be a part of a child's education and development. She connects with children by building authentic relationships. Her preferred mindful activities include camping, hiking, reading, puzzling, being with family & friends, and seeing live music. She also enjoys taking walks, practicing yoga, and being outside.

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Tinesha Mix

M.A English Literature

Individualized Education Coach

A brief list of things I love: teaching, all things animals (dogs and sharks are currently tied at #1), destroying my opponents in board games, acting and stand-up comedy, reading, playing my saxophone horribly out-of-tune, and not knowing what movie I'm going to see at the theater until five minutes beforehand. A brief list of things I don't love: potatoes (I said what I said...) As a teacher, the best parts of my job are making kids laugh, watching students blossom over the years into young adults, seeing their confidence soar, creating projects, and sponsoring after-school clubs. My favorite relaxing and mindful activities include working out, journaling and creating gratitude lists, and drawing.

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Jaclyn Houlahan

I am originally from New York and recently moved to Colorado. I am an avid snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast. I enjoy spending time with my family (including my 13-year-old dog), going for hikes, baking and reading. I worked in the Bronx for over ten years. Throughout the course of my teaching career, I had opportunities to teach diverse groups of students including those with learning disabilities, those who performed at grade level, and those who were gifted. My goal was to improve New York City children’s academic performance, health and wellness, attitude towards school, self-confidence, character and values, and opportunity for lifelong employment. I am passionate about unlocking the potential in young minds and helping them evolve into well - rounded, responsible, and successful individuals. My greatest strengths include inspiring and motivating students.

MS Special Education

Individualized Education Coach

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Kirk Johnson

I enjoy reading, writing and riding my bike. I love to learn and can usually be found with a podcast or an audiobook playing in my headphones. I have worked with kids for the last 15 years; as a summer camp counselor, a TA and as a teacher in both the general and special education settings. I am continually impressed and inspired by the creativity kids bring to their daily lives. Seeing what kids create and the joy it brings them is one of the best parts of teaching. I connect with kids through humor and through creating a bond of mutual respect. I let kids know that I see them as a whole person, with dreams and fears and goals that extend beyond learning their multiplication facts. I enjoy going on long walks without my phone and just letting my mind wander.

M. Ed Special Education

Individualized Education Coach

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